Restaurant groups push back on push for lower blood-alcohol levels

05/15/2013 | Wall Street Journal, The

Groups including the National Restaurant Association and the American Beverage Institute are speaking out against the National Transportation Safety Board's proposal that states lower their legal blood-alcohol levels to 0.5% from the current 0.8%. Sales of alcoholic beverages at restaurants have been on the decline in recent years, but chains including Applebee's and Olive Garden have been expanding promotions aimed at boosting higher-margin bar sales.

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